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Album Review

Corbin Bleu has grown up a lot since his first album in 2007. All fresh-faced and innocent on the cover of Another Side, Bleu looks like a man on the cover of 2009's Speed of Light, dressed all in black, sporting sculpted arms and wispy facial hair. He has a sound to match his makeover, ditching the sugary Disney Radio pop in favor of a slick, stylish, modern R&B, driven by rhythmic hooks instead of melody. Bleu winds up with an album that plays FutureSex/LoveSounds with the sex removed; he has the shimmering synths, the chilly sound, but he's still singing about puppy love, he's still a teen idol. The same can also be said of Speed of Light as a whole: so much of the album is draped in threads borrowed from Timberlake/Timbaland that it's easy to overlook the lingering elements of Radio Disney, even when the strongest reminder, "Moments That Matter," arrives at the beginning of the record. "Moments That Matter" isn't only the lead single from the album, it was featured in Bleu's feature film Free Style, a reminder of how Bleu's not just a singer, he's a four-quadrant entertainer ready to tackle any medium he can. Speed of Light doesn't quite play up this ready-to-please element of the High School Musical alum. Perhaps wisely, it's intended to make Bleu into a presence on the pop charts outside of any movie or Disney affiliation and even if the attempt doesn't quite work, it's easy to chalk it up to growing pains, not a deficiency in Bleu himself.

Customer Reviews

MY EARS ARE BEGGING ME TO CUT THEM OFF!

HSM is over, go to "school" and get a real job because ur 30 seconds of fame is over! You sound like every other synthed out R&B singer out there, Usher is the only bad R&B singer this world needs. I know only tween girls who think you are the dud off of HSM are going to by this and be like "ow he is awesome"...but that then says something about the generic crap Disney spews out at society. WE NEED GOOD SINGERS NOT MEDIOCRE

I LOVE IT!

i just have to say one word about this CD! AWESOME! i love you corbin!

What a Great Album

I think this album is awesome. "Celebrate You" is a really good song. Whenever I listen to Corbin Bleu's songs, I feel like dancing. My favourite songs on the record are Speed of Light, Champion, My Everything and Close. This album is a must have!

Biography

Born: 1989 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born in Brooklyn in 1989, Corbin Bleu began acting and modeling as a toddler, appearing in commercials and print ads for the likes of Hasbro, Nabisco, Gap, and Target. In addition to getting involved with musical theater, before the age of ten he moved with his family to Los Angeles and began to make appearances on television (Malcolm & Eddie, ER) and in movies (Mystery Men, Galaxy Quest). A steady stream of roles continued into the early 2000s, and they gradually became increasingly prominent....
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